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Pentax Optio W10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 177 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the screen and performance are on the whole positive. The usability and value for money also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the contrast and viewfinder. Comments about the low light performance and responsiveness are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio W10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio W10


The Optio W10 is equipped with Face Recognition AF/AE, a new technology that detects faces and automatically adjusts the focus and corrects the exposure to suit. This technology is particularly effective at preventing "dropout" photos, where the camera...

Continuous AF or tracking AF are activated automatically upon selection of Sport, Pet or Kids modes - allowing the camera to track a moving subject within the frame and maintain accurate focus accordingly

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Optio W10


The Pentax Optio W10 is a waterproof compact camera with a 3x zoom lens, 6-megapixel CCD and a list price of $299.95. Though waterproofing might seem like a gimmick – how many pictures does anyone need of their kids underwater? -- Waterproof cameras...

Waterproofing is a great feature ; Excellent seals- Simple interface ; Attractive styling ; Picture effects available as post-processing, rather than during shooting

No manual exposure mode ; Picture quality lacking ; Short battery life ; LCD is hard to see outdoors

The Optio W10's unique benefits are its waterproofing, its simplicity and its styling. Its image quality is by no means outstanding. Still, there will be plenty of people who want a convenient, moderately-priced beach camera or even a snorkeling...

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Pentax Optio W10 waterproof digicam reviewed


The Pentax Optio W10, announced in February, may look like a fairly straightforward point-and-shoot, but if you're familiar with the company's product line, you'll recognize this one's secret weapon immediately: it's waterproof. No, not waterproof as...


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Pentax Optio W10 Digital Camera - Review


Like a lot of compact cameras from Pentax though, the W10 is full of surprises, both good and bad. It offers unexpected picture-taking quality underwater and on land in daylight settings, but it suffers from some serious deficiencies in low-light. Read...

Punchy, appealing color, Healthy-looking, vibrant skin tones, Waterproof body lets you explore fun new photo options. Suitable for taking pictures up of up to five feet underwater at the pool, lake, or beach. Not suitable for snorkeling or scuba...

Soft images at 8x10 size regardless of ISO ; camera really only useful for 5x7 prints or smaller., ISO 800 is almost unusable, Large LCD but mediocre resolution ; much aliasing of lines, lights looked hazy and darks muddy, Sluggish all-around...

Considering that the camera is also certified as JIS Class 5 dustproof, which is the second highest-possible rating, the Pentax Optio W10's relatively svelte construction and smooth, rounded contours are doubly impressive. A Class 5 dustproof rating...

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Pentax Optio W10


The Optio W10's Green Mode controls everything except the zoom setting: flash mode, focus mode, drive mode, ISO exposure – everything. Not all cameras are this thorough in automating their manual controls, and we can't think of any that are more...

The Optio W10's unique benefits are its waterproofing, its simplicity and its styling. Its image quality is by no means outstanding. Still, there will be plenty of people who want a convenient, moderately-priced beach camera or even a snorkeling...

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Digital Camera Magazine: Your Guide to Digital Imaging and Photography


Now for something special: a waterproof camera that does not need a special underwater case. By "waterproof" I do not mean just "splashproof" or "weatherproof," but truly waterproof. You can take this camera underwater. And not just dunking it a...

Use it up to an hour in 10 feet of water, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 5-foot drops, Optional PT-033 underwater case good for 133 feet diving, Sleek and elegant just like a regular digital...

Point & shoot with little manual control, Use of underwater wide-angle modes requires practice, Not many special features, Uses xD-Picture Card that can be hard to find and higher priced, Five feet underwater not enough for real diving, Somewhat...

If you hang around wet places a lot - pool, lakes, or even the sea - the Pentax Optio W10 is a great choice. Its sealing comes in handy under any circumstances. You never have to worry about a bit of rain or sand, or have it getting splashed on. And...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio W10 (CindyB, 18 Oct 07)


I bought this camera to take on a canoe trip and so that I could have a small waterproof camera on other trips when I might hesitate to take my larger digital camera due to water proximity. This camera out-performed my expectations. It is just a little...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio W10 (sarlo100, 21 Aug 07)


It is what it is, a point and shoot waterproof camera. Well, almost waterproof, if you used it for too long or too deep, you might find yourself with a dead camera. The construction is good, the LCD is adequate, and it is simple enough for the novice...

Noise. It is prevalent at all ISOs, and heaven help you if you leave the camera in full automatic mode. The camera WILL choose ISO 200, and your picture will look like a mess. For best results, lock this puppy at ISO 50. The flash is not particularly...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio W10 (Holger Schmitz, 30 Apr 07)


I´m very happy with the w10, my upgrade to the optio wp. Could be a little more on the wide side, but it´s okay. Bought the underwaterhousing in Japan and so I´ve got the perfect underwatercam. After working over the pictures with dxo there are perfect...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio W10 (Don Bedrick, 1 Apr 07)


This review is about horrible reliability so I picked "construction" to give it the bad score. I loved the W10 at first. Now 8 months and 400 or 500 shots later, it's unusable. The first problem to occur (5 months and 300 or 400 shots) was massive...

Product Specifications

Furnished with superior waterproofing and dustproofing, the Optio W10 is a 6.0 effective megapixels compact digital camera that packs a 2.5-inch LCD monitor and a 3X optical zoom lens into a slim, newly designed body. The Optio W10 was developed based on the PENTAX Optio WP series, which realizes the waterproof functionality for underwater photography without requiring a waterproof case or other accessories. While continuing the development concepts of sportiness, elegance, and leisure and the waterproof and dustproof performance for reliable use outdoors or during water sports, the Optio W10 offers improved LCD monitoring and movie recording. This model has been made more convenient and user-friendly with the addition of the innovative Face Recognition AF/AE function, which detects people's faces in the picture frame and adjusts the focus and exposure accordingly.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Candle / Fireworks / Flower / Food / Kids / Landscape / Museum / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Report / Self-portrait / Soft / Sports mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / QuickTime/QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None